Petition started to change New Zealand’s name

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Māori Party co-leaders Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Packer have announced they are launching a petition to change New Zealand’s name to Aotearoa.

Furthermore, they would like te Reo Māori names for all towns, cities, and places by 2026.

Waititi said that “Article 3 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi promises Tangata whenua the same rights as British citizens, that te reo Māori me ōna tikanga katoa be treated and valued exactly the same as the English language – ko te mana ōrite tērā.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern would not commit to supporting the petition. However, she said place names could continue to be used interchangeably as te reo Māori is an official language.

Ardern said that “Te reo Māori’s an official language and so we use those names interchangeably and I think we should continue to do so.”

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Mariam
Mariam
5 days ago

nice… well I live in Rotorua and if that does continue Rotorua would have to change its name back into maori cause its already maori!

Bob Sena
Bob Sena
5 days ago

Nooooooooooooo!! Please don’t change I love the name New Zealand

Summah Lee
Summah Lee
5 days ago

I personally don’t think we should change our name

jordyn mcwillam
jordyn mcwillam
5 days ago

I don’t think this is fair, it’s been New Zealand for so long why change it. I think everone is treated the same here and not that many people speak Maoir.

Torsten
Torsten
4 days ago

It’d be weird if New Zealand did become “Aotearoa”. It’d also take a while for people to change the name of New Zealand to Aotearoa on maps and websites, and it’d be awkward for older maps.

kylie
kylie
4 days ago

I think this is cool because there will be more maori in the world

Hana
Hana
4 days ago

I think they are just wasting money, I like the name of our country, but what do I know I am just a kid.

DENZIEL
DENZIEL
4 days ago

I think it would be weird to call New Zealand, Aotearoa because most people have always called it New Zealand so it would be weird if we change it now.

ligma
ligma
4 days ago

this is so sad

max
max
4 days ago

wow

Oop
Oop
4 days ago

Wow such a big choice for the people to make

hotsauce123
hotsauce123
3 days ago

wow but I wonder if we change nz to Aotearoa how will the other countries pronounce it

Jack.K
Jack.K
3 days ago

i think making everything maori is a bit excessive but having it like the pm says is my idea of what should happen

Bad
Bad
3 days ago

Bad

Candies
Candies
3 days ago

I think that It is fine the way it is, as there is already quite a few places with Maori names, I also think that if they changed it, Aotearoa New Zealand would be better.

G'day
G'day
3 days ago

The thing is, Countries aren’t declared countries, they’re just recognized as countries. Therefore New Zealand can be recognized as Aotearoa or New Zealand.

Last edited 3 days ago by G'day
Ellie
Ellie
3 days ago

Hey! I understand thats what maori wants but i like newzealand this way a mix of maori and english!!! 😭

jeff
jeff
3 days ago

wow

Oliver Mackie
Oliver Mackie
3 days ago

Awesome! New Zealand has been called the same thing for far too long!

room 19
room 19
3 days ago

nah I dont think we should change names

water melon
water melon
3 days ago

Wow! Yay!!!

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